Lemon Boost

 

Lemons are high in vitamin C, fiber, and various beneficial plant compounds.

These nutrients are responsible for several health benefits.

In fact, lemons may support heart health, weight control, and digestive health.

Here are 5 evidence-based health benefits of lemons.

Support Heart Health

Lemons are a good source of vitamin C.

One lemon provides about 31 mg of vitamin C, which is 51% of the reference daily intake (RDI).

Research shows that eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke.

However, it’s not only the vitamin C that is thought to be good for your heart. The fiber and plant compounds in lemons could also significantly lower some risk factors for heart disease.

For instance, one study revealed that eating 24 grams of citrus fiber extract daily for a month reduced total blood cholesterol levels.

Plant compounds found in lemons — namely hesperidin and diosmin — have also been found to lower cholesterol.

Help Control Weight

Lemons are often promoted as a weight loss food, and there are a few theories as to why this is.

One common theory is that the soluble pectin fiber in them expands in your stomach, helping you feel full for longer.

That said, not many people eat lemons whole. And because lemon juice contains no pectin, lemon juice drinks will not promote fullness in the same way.

Another theory suggests that drinking hot water with lemon will help you lose weight.

However, drinking water is known to temporarily increase the number of calories you burn, so it may be the water itself that is helping with weight loss — not the lemon.

Other theories suggest that the plant compounds in lemons may aid weight loss.

Research shows that plant compounds in lemon extracts may help prevent or reduce weight gain in a number of ways.

In one study, mice on a fattening diet were given lemon polyphenols extracted from the peel. They gained less weight and body fat than other mice.

However, no studies confirm the weight loss effects of lemon compounds in humans.

Prevent Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are small lumps that form when waste products crystallize and build up in your kidneys.

They are quite common, and people who get them often get them repeatedly.

Citric acid may help prevent kidney stones by increasing urine volume and increasing urine pH, creating a less favorable environment for kidney stone formation.

Just a 1/2-cup (4 ounces or 125 ml) of lemon juice per day may provide enough citric acid to help prevent stone formation in people who have already had them.

Some studies also found that lemonade effectively prevented kidney stones, but the results have been mixed. Other studies have shown no effect.

Therefore, more well-conducted studies need to examine whether lemon juice affects kidney stone formation.

Protect Against Anemia

Iron deficiency anemia is quite common. It occurs when you don’t get enough iron from the foods you eat.

Lemons contain some iron, but they primarily prevent anemia by improving your absorption of iron from plant foods.

Your gut absorbs iron from meat, chicken, and fish (known as heme iron) very easily, while iron from plant sources (non-heme iron) not as easily. However, this absorption can be improved by consuming vitamin C and citric acid.

Because lemons contain both vitamin C and citric acid, they may protect against anemia by ensuring that you absorb as much iron as possible from your diet.

Improve Digestive Health

Lemons are made up of about 10% carbs, mostly in the form of soluble fiber and simple sugars.

The main fiber in lemons is pectin, a form of soluble fiber linked to multiple health benefits.

Soluble fiber can improve gut health and slow the digestion of sugars and starches. These effects may result in reduced blood sugar levels.

However, to get the benefits of fiber from lemons, you need to eat the pulp.

People who drink lemon juice, without the fiber found in the pulp, will miss out on the benefits of the fiber.

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LEMON & GINGER BOOST

 

GINGER JUICE BENEFITS THE MIND AND BODY

Ginger is one of the most widely used and well-known spices in the world. While most people assume it comes from a root, ginger is actually a rhizome, or plant stem, from the flowering ginger plant. While the ginger flower no longer grows wild, it is still widely grown and distributed across the world. Its closest relatives are turmeric and cardamom, two spices which also boast plentiful health benefits. Ginger spice is often added to asian dishes for a kick of flavor and spice, but it’s also widely used for medicinal purposes in Eastern medicine.

Let’s start by highlighting the benefits of ginger juice, as there are so many benefits to consuming this powerful superfood. From helping to enhance your metabolism to balancing your blood sugar, ginger is an excellent addition to any diet.

Ginger Boosts Your Immune System

Especially during the cold winter months, it can be very difficult to maintain proper immune function to ward off colds and flus. That’s why it’s so important, especially in these months, to add ginger to your diet. Ginger acts as a natural antimicrobial, which means that it kills bacteria both internally and when used as a topical treatment. It can help remove any harmful bacteria from your gut that could compromise your immune system, making way for good bacteria to thrive. It also contains anti-inflammatory agents, which means that your immune system does not need to work in overdrive to combat internal inflammation in the cells.

Ginger Helps IBS Patients

IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, presents itself as cramping, intense pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and other uncomfortable digestive issues, usually after a meal. It is a widespread condition in the United States that currently has no known cure. However, ginger is commonly prescribed by doctors to IBS patients to help control their symptoms. While it is not understood exactly how ginger helps calm these symptoms, it is commonly understood that this root contains antispasmodic properties that help calm the intestines, a major cause of IBS issues. Ginger is one of the main active ingredients in many anti-nausea medications specifically because it can help relax the intestines when they become aggravated.

Spike Your Metabolism With Ginger

Whether you’re looking to pack on lean muscle or simply rev your metabolism first thing in the morning, the benefits of ginger juice with lemon in the morning are particularly palpable for those looking for a metabolic boost. Ginger kicks the metabolism into gear by causing the stomach to produce more acid. This can stimulate the appetite for those looking to gain weight, or for those suffering from health issues that cause a decrease in appetite. However, it can also be beneficial for people looking to lose weight, as the extra acid in the stomach turns on the metabolism, causing your body to burn more calories and fat. It’s a great pre-workout boost to help your body burn even more calories during a cardio workout.

Drink Ginger Juice For A Speedy Workout Recovery

Speaking of intense workouts, recovery time is just as important as your time spent sweating. After a difficult workout, especially if you’re lifting weights, your muscles become sore due to tiny tears in your muscle fibers. During your workout recovery, these muscle fibers repair themselves and build new muscle mass. If you don’t properly fuel your muscles and leave yourself time to recover after an intense workout, not only could you risk injury by pulling a muscle, but you could also be hindering your muscle growth. This is where ginger comes in. By supplementing your body with ginger juice during your recovery, your body can heal itself faster and more efficiently, thanks to ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties. Not only can you make it back to the gym faster, but you won’t have to suffer from muscle soreness and fatigue after your workout for very long at all. Pure Green’s own, Ross Franklin, drinks a shot of ginger right after his workout as a biohacking tip to aid in his recovery.

Drink Ginger To Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar

Spikes and dips in blood sugar levels are what lead to anxiety or black out spells. Diabetics are particularly prone to experiencing these symptoms, as their bodies cannot regulate their blood sugar on their own. Consequently, they need to monitor their sugar intake at all times, but also carry a sugary drink or piece of fruit with them to combat potential low blood sugar spells. Even those without diabetes can suffer from similar symptoms if they do not regulate mealtimes or follow a healthy diet. While scientists are not yet sure how it works, it is widely understood that ginger can help regulate blood sugar to combat symptoms of both high and low blood sugar.

As you can see, ginger juice is an important and beneficial addition to any diet. Now let’s talk about lemon. Lemon is often added to dishes for a flavor boost, but it can also be added to water, or mixed with a cold pressed juice shot for even more health benefits. Let’s break down the benefits of this powerful superfood.

Lemon Juice May Help Prevent Kidney Stones

Wake up with a shot of lemon juice with your ginger in the morning to help prevent kidney stones from forming. How does this work, exactly? Well, lemon juice has been shown to increase citrate levels in the urine, which can help break down or prevent calcium stones from forming in the kidneys. These calcium stones are commonly referred to as kidney stones and are exceptionally painful when they occur, and can only be passed naturally through urination.

Soothe A Scratchy Throat With Lemon Juice

As with ginger, lemon is a great supplement during colder winter months when your immune system is especially prone to colds and flus. Sipping tea with ginger and lemon can help ease a sore throat and ease inflammation that causes cold symptoms. We recommend adding it to your diet before you experience a sore throat as a preventative measure.

Skip the Caffeine and Wake Up With Lemon Juice

Similar to ginger juice, lemon stimulates the metabolism and kicks your body into high gear. Rather than reaching for a cup of coffee in the morning, which does little in the way of benefiting your body, reach for a lemon juice shot instead. Not only does it give you an extra calcium boost in the morning, but it will turn on your digestive system and energize your whole body for the day ahead.

Stay Trim

Lemon juice is commonly known for its digestive health benefits and as a weight loss aid. Antioxidants found in lemons can help cleanse the digestive system and liver, which can, in turn, help your body release toxins and shed extra pounds. Whether you’re on a weight loss regimen or not, adding lemon to your diet is a great way to lose or maintain weight. Who couldn’t benefit from that, especially around the holidays?

Stay Alkaline With Lemon Juice

You may have heard us boasting about our cold pressed juices’ alkaline properties. A body that is alkaline is a body that is in perfect balance in terms of acidity. A body that is too acidic is toxic, and can cause all kinds of uncomfortable symptoms, from energy loss to acne to weight gain. This is precisely the time we recommend embarking on a cold pressed juice cleanse, to help flush the body of toxin causing acidity. Many of our juices contain lemon, which, although it is an acidic fruit, helps to balance pH levels in the body. When your body’s pH levels are in balance, you have more energy, clearer skin, and can maintain a healthy weight. These are just a few of the many benefits of alkalinity, and lemon juice is a great addition for anyone hoping to alkalize their body and reach peak health.